Review Summary: 'Daisy' is the sound of maturity, showing that Brand New are progressing in their sound, marking one of 2009's best releases.
Whichever way we look at it, Brand New are growing up, both physically and musically. And look how far they've come. They've progressed from the young, adolescent teens that brought us 'Your Favourite Weapon,' into the 30 somthing gods that they are now, rewarding our loyalty with yet another near perfect album, Daisy. Brand New have managed to create an album that is heavier than 'Your Favourite Weapon,' 'Deja Entendu' and 'The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me' put together. Taking the pop-punk aspects of 'Your Favourite Weapon,' the headbanging moments of 'Deja Entendu' and the acoustic elements of 'The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me.' Brand New have reached a milestone. They've managed to create (for some) the album of the year, or, at least, one of 2009's best releases.
Daisy opens up with 'Vices,' an angry song using elements of post-hardcore and grunge. 'Vices' has a very pop-grunge feel to it, boasting excellent drumming, and Jesse Lacey's screams. Feedback is used to an advantage, so it sounds like something off of Nirvana's In Utero. This is definitely one of the best songs on the album. 'At The Bottom' is undoubtedly the best song on the album. It really sets the mood and tone so the rest of the album can follow suite. This song has a very catchy chorus, and sounds like it should have been on 'The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me.' The title track, Daisy, is another excellent, melodic song. The highlight of this track is the lyrics:
I'm a mountain that has been moved
I'm a river that is all dried up
I'm an ocean nothing floats on
I'm a sky that nothing wants to fly in
I'm a sun that doesn't burn hot
I'm a moon that never shows it's face
I'm a mouth that doesn't smile
I'm a word that no one ever wants to say...
The majority of songs on this album balances raw, agressive, grunge influenced moments with soft melodic moments. Check out 'You Stole' and you'll see what I mean. It definitely, like some tracks, builds to a climax, a certain point, before the track ends and you find yourself wondering what the hell just happened. In a good way. All the songs differ in their own way from one another. Brand New have proven that [i]this[i] is what they are now. [i]This[i] is them. 'Noro' is another song that builds up as time elapses.
[quote]How am I ever going to know peace"
How will I ever see the light through the trees"
I want to burn down everything we've begun,
I want to kill and eat my young.[quote]
Daisy is completely unique. It's so unlike anything Brand New have ever done before, yet it constantly reminds you of their former efforts. [i]This[i] is them. They're slowly, very slowly, pushing and opening up their musical boundries, taking a different route each album.